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Ava DuVernay to direct Hurricane Katrina love story with David Oyelowo as star

Selma director Ava DuVernay will write, produce, and direct a film about Hurricane Katrina, Participant Media announced today. David Oyelowo, who plays Martin Luther King, Jr. in her Best Picture nominee, is in talks to produce and star.

According to the announcement, the film will be a “sweeping love story and complex murder mystery during the time of Hurricane Katrina.” READ FULL STORY

'Selma' cast 'bummed' by Oscar snub

The nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards were announced on Thursday. Like clockwork, the Internet quickly imploded with people arguing for their favorite actors, directors, and films that they considered to be snubbed. And one of the films that prompted the most discussion was Selma.


Casting Net: Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo in discussions for 'Queen of Katwe'

• Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo are in discussions for the upcoming Disney film, Queen of Katwe. Mira Nair is directing the film, which will tell the story of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi. Nyong’o will play Phiona’s mother, Harriet Mutesi, with Oyelowo as Robert Katende, a mentor of sorts who helps Mutesi become the World Chess Olympiad. The film was inspired by Tim Crother‘s 2011 ESPN The Magazine article and book, “The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, And One Extraordinary Girl’s Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster.”William Wheeler adapted the story for the screen. [Variety]

• Alec Baldwin, Jason Sudeikis, and Neil Patrick Harris have been added to the cast of Downsizing. Alexander Payne is directing the film, which stars Matt Damon and Reese Witherspoon. Set in the near future, the film tells the story of a man (Damon) who considers shrinking himself as a means to save resources, especially money. Payne wrote the script alongside Jim Taylor. [The Wrap]

• Michael C. Hall has signed on for Pete’s Dragon. David Lowery is directing the remake, which stars Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard, Wes Bentley, and Oakes Fegley. The film will tell the story of Pete (Fegley) and Elliot, Pete’s best friend and the titular dragon. While the 1977 original was a musical, the remake is expected to be a straight narrative. Lowery co-wrote the script with Toby Halbrooks. [Variety]

• Hailee Steinfeld is set to star in Carrie Pilby. Susan Johnson is directing. Based on Caren Lissner‘s novel, the story follows a 19-year-old genius who, after graduating from Harvard, struggles to adjust to post-college life. Kara Holden wrote the script, with updates from Dean Craig. [THR]

• Evan Peters has signed on for Elvis and Nixon. The film tells the story of a 1970 meeting which had Elvis hoping to become a federal agent in an effort to assist with Nixon’s drug policy. Kevin Spacey is set to play President Nixon with Michael Shannon as Elvis Presley. Peters joins the cast as Dwight Chapin, the White House aide who orchestrated the meeting. Hanala Sagal and Joey Sagal wrote the script with Cary Elwes. [Deadline]

Writer Gary Whitta has left the Star Wars standalone film he was working on with Gareth Edwards. The two had been working on the project since May, but Whitta confirmed on Twitter that he’s moving on to Fox’s comic-book adaptation, Starlight. [THR]

Watch Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo discuss 'Selma' and its Ferguson connection in 'Time'

Though Ava DuVernay’s film Selma takes place in 1965 and looks at Martin Luther King, Jr.’s activism that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of that year, it feels more vital than most historical dramas, given present-day events in places like Ferguson, Missouri.  READ FULL STORY

Watch David Oyelowo give a powerful speech as Martin Luther King Jr. in 'Selma' clip

David Oyelowo takes on the role of Martin Luther King in Ava DuVernay’s Selma, and in a new clip from the film, we get a glimpse at one of King’s famous speeches as Oyelowo’s King demands the right to vote.

The film also stars Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Lorraine Toussaint.


David Oyelowo reportedly lines up 'Americanah' role

David Oyelowo, currently winning acclaim for his performance as Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, will appear opposite Lupita Nyong’o in AmericanahVariety reportsREAD FULL STORY

'Selma' first look: David Oyelowo takes on Martin Luther King in upcoming film

A cross, constructed entirely of lightbulbs, shines behind David Oyelowo as he approaches the pulpit of Atlanta’s 145-year-old Wheat Street Baptist Church. It’s a steamy June night, and 500 extras—including U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a key architect of the civil rights movement—eagerly await the British-born actor’s first attempt to preach as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But just as director Ava DuVernay puts on her headphones and does a last sound check, a freak lightning storm threatens the safety of the crew and forces the production to shut down.

Delays are nothing new in the long saga of bringing MLK’s life to the big screen. Despite the success of Hollywood movies focused on African-American figures Malcolm X, Ray Charles, and, most recently, Jackie Robinson and James Brown, it took the work of a relatively unknown female director, a British actor, and Oprah Winfrey to make an MLK biopic finally happen. Selma chronicles the Nobel Prize-winning civil rights leader during three intense months in 1965, from the “Bloody ­Sunday” assault on protesters to the historic march through Alabama that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act. The film will have an Academy run in December before rolling out nationwide by MLK weekend in January, just in time for the 50th anniversary of the events it depicts. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Benedict Cumberbatch joins military thriller; Plus, Kristen Stewart boards 'Still Alice,' more

• Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) is attached to star in Blood Mountain, a thriller from director Sergei Bodrov about a military contractor whose team is ambushed, leaving him solely responsible for bringing a terrorist to safe grounds. The Morocco shoot is supposed to begin in April. Cumberbatch’s Alan Turning biopic The Imitation Game is currently in post production, and he’s also attached to star in the adaptation of The Lost City of Z. [Variety]


Casting Net: 'Lone Survivor's' Ben Foster heads to 'Warcraft'; Plus, Kevin Hart cast as LeBron James' brother, more

• Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma) and Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger) have signed on to star in Warcraft for Legendary Pictures, based on the bestselling video game World of Warcraft. Source Code and Moon helmer Duncan Jones is set to direct. Foster can be seen next with Mark Wahlberg in the Navy SEALs pic Lone Survivor (out Jan. 10, 2014) and Cooper’s next release finds him playing the bad guy to Aaron Paul’s street racer in Need for Speed (out March 14, 2014). [The Wrap]


Casting Net: Oliver Stone confirms Martin Luther King Jr. biopic with Jamie Foxx; Plus, David Oyelowo, more

 Director Oliver Stone (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) has confirmed that he and Jamie Foxx are officially moving forward with plans to make an authorized biopic of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life story. Warner Bros. and DreamWorks will distribute the film, which, according to The Wrap, is being produced by Steven Spielberg. [Wall Street Journal]

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